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    Cold brew all the pleasure of drinking room-temperature beer without hops.

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    So says the author of this article from the Washington Post, I'm inclined to agree, certainly not my cup of tea.

    Road-test: Making cold-brew coffee uses a lot of beans. Is it worth it?

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    Ah don't you love incomplete quotes. To add a positive spin he goes on to make 6 different batches of Cold Brew of which only one was a clunker. So as he discovered the short answer is using the right beans and done correctly YES!


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    Learned the art from the contemporary media, they seem to excel at it.

    Truth is the thread title bar wouldn't accept the complete quote, in the interest of accuracy this is the quote in its entirety "Without warmth and a bitter backbone, cold brew frequently has all the pleasure of drinking room-temperature beer without hops."
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    The only cold brew I've tried is the couple of batches of cold drip I made myself just over a year ago. It was palatable, but I haven't been in any huge rush to make more. From what I've read it sounds like it's very easy to make bad cold brew, and even the best stuff isn't to everyone's taste, but it can be quite nice if done well.

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    And his statement continues on from that sentence to say: "Don't worry. This isn't a rant against cold brew. I'm just stating my bias upfront, so you know how high a mountain I had to climb to develop a recipe that I would actually make again."


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    Yelta never letting the truth get in the way of a good thread stir.

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    Cold brew plus baileys, awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    Cold brew plus baileys, awesome.
    Had some 50% abv vodka kicking around, made up 300ml cold brew Montana de comaygua, 200ml heavy sugar syrup, a spoon of vanilla paste and 500ml vodka
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    Had my first (and only) cold filtration at Venezianos in Brisbane about a decade ago. Loved it. Followed it up with a regular coffee.

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    I'm with Java"correct as usual"Phile on this one. Been making cold brew since '79 using light to medium roasts (generally more suitable). Despite the odd failure, the successes have been an amazing alternate take on coffee. Main reason for keeping my RR45 grinder - it does coarse grinds really well.

    Ironically*, Costa remains my favourite starting point for a cold brew - every harvest over the years has had something new to offer. Same beans in an espresso machine and they are pretty bland with almost no regional characteristics.

    Ironically*: Costa is one of the 5 coffees the article had success with. No wonder.

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    I tried cold brew the first time earlier this year. I was always sceptical as I've never had a black coffee I've particularly enjoyed, apart from a straight espresso/ristretto. I guess experiences where you have low expectations for something and are subsequently proven wrong stand out in one's mind, as I'm now a firm advocate of cold brew! So impressed with the smooth flavour and characteristics of the stuff, and if it apparently has higher levels of caffeine, even better!

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    i like the coffee-beer comparison made by the author, as i refer to cold-brew as the 'kolsch' of black coffee. good entry point, but ultimately mild. flash-brewing makes more sense to me - more economical, quicker, and tastier. though i'll concede that if you really want a syrupy mouthfeel, cold-brew wins.

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    Im a cold brew convert, i make big batches up once a week and bottle them so I have ready to go coffee for work. I am a bit of a snob though i use Ethiopian yigggggggg I had a laugh. Tried a bunch of different beans, ratios etc before finding the one i like. I do 90g of coffee per litre, brew for 24hrs (roughly) then mix 220ml of coffee concentrate with 100ml of cream, or water if i want just black coffees. Oh forgot to add i actually bloom the coffee with hot water first, usually 1litre.

    As for the waste of beans, i suppose, but to me it's worth it. Also people actually pay or trade for used beans. I currently trade a bag of 1kg of used beans for a dozen eggs. So helps offset the costs a bit. Just post up on your local classifieds that you have used beans, can usually sell them for like $2.5 a bag.



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